A CITY TO BE PROUD OF
Residents have told us that the local issues that concern them most are levels of litter, missed refuse and recycling collections and fly-tipping. They are worried by traffic volume, road safety, the poor train service and expensive buses; homelessness and the plastic that finds its way onto our beaches and into the sea. Brighton & Hove’s residents deserve better. So, what will the Green Party do about it?
A CITY TO BE PROUD OF 5 A CLEAN CITY: PLASTICS, WASTE, RECYCLING AND CLEAN STREETS
Our priority is to deliver a waste and recycling service that works. We will start by revisiting the expensive private finance initiative (PFI) contract Labour agreed with Veolia in 2003, which a Conservative-led council extended to 2033, and which currently limits recycling levels.
We will also:
- reduce waste, encourage re-use ahead of recycling and promote projects that use food waste to generate renewable energy
- care for our streets and seafront through a more effective street cleaning system
- make major events in Brighton & Hove single-use plastic-free by no later than 2020
TRANSPORT AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Residents want a healthy city which is easy to get around. We will invest in joined-up infrastructure for walking, cycling, electric buses, and other e-vehicles. We will also:
- expand clean air zones
- work with local communities to establish more green spaces and sustainable transport choices
- continue the roll-out of on-road, high-speed charging points for electric vehicles
- discount pay-by-phone parking charges for electric vehicles • improve road safety through education and by expanding and enforcing 20 mph zones
- lobby public transport providers to reduce fares and improve services, thereby building on the improvements to bus lanes, bus stops and punctuality achieved when we led the council
- oppose cuts to - and fight for more frequent - train services, as Greens have already done so successfully in Preston Park, and support the Brighton Main Line 2 project
The Green-led council (2011-15) earmarked an extra £1 million a year to reduce homelessness and was one of the first councils to develop an innovative “Housing First” programme of unconditional support to homeless people failed by traditional approaches. Even in opposition, we have forced changes to council rent policy to make rents genuinely affordable, expanded Housing First, and convinced the Labour council to fund a 365-day-a-year shelter. If we run the next council, we will seek to treble the impact of the Housing First programme.
We will also:
- develop partnerships with community homelessness and church projects
- replace privately-run temporary and emergency accommodation with council-owned provision
- deliver a programme of quick-build non-traditional and modular homes
- sign up to a Bill of Rights for the homeless